Michael Crane is the Founder and President of Michael R. Crane & Associates LLC, (MRCA) with over 35 years of experience in the global dental industry. Mr. Crane brings his extensive knowledge of the dental industry, proven business management expertise, and broad industry network to a productive engagement.
Prior to the establishment of MRCA in 2000, Mr. Crane was an officer of Dentsply International, Inc. and held positions as Senior Vice President, North America Group and Senior Vice President, International Group. Dentsply, now Dentsply/Sirona, with its world headquarters in York, Pennsylvania USA, is the world’s largest manufacturer of dental materials, equipment and instruments. Mr. Crane has also held senior positions with Johnson and Johnson Dental Products Company, and Ortho Pharmaceutical (Canada) Ltd. Mr. Crane holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Crane resides in New York.
Michael Nordahl Consultant, Global Bio
Michael Nordahl brings 30 years of global dental sales, marketing, and operations experience to Michael R. Crane & Associates LLC. He has successfully developed and implemented product launch plans and distribution strategies for dental equipment and materials throughout the world and through the process has established extensive relationships with leading dentists, universities, dental distributors and dental manufacturers. During his career Michael has been intimately engaged in product development, product customization, technology search, and various business development transactions and has established and expanded successful dental entities in many countries including China, India, UK, Scandinavia and the US.
Prior to joining MRCA, Michael held the position of Global Manager of Business Development and General Manager of Coltene/Whaledent Inc., a Swiss based multinational and developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad line of proprietary dental materials, instruments and equipment. Michael holds degrees in marketing and economics. He is fluent in English and Swedish, and intelligible in Dutch, German and Spanish. Michael resides in Cleveland, Ohio USA.
David Solomon Consultant, Global Bio
David Solomon has accumulated 25 years of senior management and operations experience in the US and European Dental industry. He brings to MRCA a special talent in new business development, manufacturing commercialization, and distribution within the European and North American markets. Prior to joining MCRA, David owned, operated, and divested several of his own dental related companies in North America and Europe. He has successfully commercialized many dental products through various direct selling strategies and traditional dental distribution channels.
David Solomon has a degree in Allied Health and is fluent in English and Swedish. He resides with his wife and family in Rhode Island, USA and Växjö, Sweden.
Aaran Wan Consultant, Asia Bio
Mr. Wan is a seasoned business management professional and a Certified Management Consultant with over 24 years of experience in the Asian dental market. Mr. Wan specializes in developing and expanding business within emerging Asian markets, establishing start-ups and subsidiaries, developing branding and marketing strategies, and putting in place organizational structures for long term growth and exceptional performance.
Mr. Wan has held the positions of Vice President and General Manager, Deputy General Manager, Regional Director, and Manager of Business Management for Dentsply Asia. During his seventeen year tenure with Dentsply, Mr. Wan transformed Dentsply Asia business from a USA export only orientation into full-scale, customer-focused country operations, laying a strong foundation for future exponential growth in the region. Prior to Dentsply, Mr. Wan was a founding partner of Global Dental Supplies, a Hong Kong based dental products marketer and distributor. Mr. Wan also held management positions at Jardine Danby Inc, the then largest retail dental supplies company located in Hong Kong.
Mr. Wan received his Bachelor of Financial Services and Master of Science in Strategic Marketing from the National University of Ireland, and an MBA from Newport University. Mr. Wan is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin and resides in Hong Kong.
Eduardo Franco Consultant, Latin America Bio
Eduardo Franco provides 20 years of Latin American sales, marketing, M&A and operations experience in the consumer dental, pharmaceutical and professional dental products space. He has successfully developed new strategies for regional and global products; adapted concepts to regional markets and country specific regulatory requirements; identified and quantified new market opportunities through big data; created and stewarded the growth of local selling and manufacturing subsidiaries for foreign companies. During his career, Mr. Franco has established deep and broad relationships with opinion leaders, laboratories, universities, research institutions, regulatory agencies, dental distributors and manufacturers.
Prior to joining MRCA, Mr. Franco held the positions of General Manager of Coltene/Vigodent Brazil, Regional VP for Latin America for Dentsply and Latin America Marketing & Regulatory Director for Block Drug Co. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Industrial Engineering with a speciality in Polymers, and an MBA. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and intelligible in German and Italian. Mr. Franco resides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
David Alexander, DDS Science and Oral Care, Global Bio
David Alexander has over 20 years of broad industry experience in pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare companies. His main efforts have focused around scientific communication, medical marketing and professional relations in support of the complete spectrum from new product R&D to global market-readiness and roll-out. Through leveraging relationships with opinion leaders, dental associations, and dental schools, David has supported growth and widespread adoption of professional dental products, professionally-driven consumer oral care products, and direct-to-consumer products.
David also had extensive experience within the profession of dentistry. He has practiced general dentistry in the UK and Brunei, been involved in the education and training of dentists and dental hygienists, and was the Executive Director of the FDI World Dental Federation based in Geneva.
In addition to dentistry, Dr. Alexander holds higher degrees/diplomas in Community Dental Health, Dental Public Health, and General Dental Surgery. He is an honorary member of the American Dental Association, a Fellow of both the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of Dentistry International. David resides in New Jersey.
Paige Mead Executive Recruiter Bio
Paige Mead manages MRCA’s executive recruiting and talent management consulting business, bringing a knowledgeable, energetic, and thoughtful approach to help clients attract, retain, and engage their top talent. Ms. Mead began her career in the recruiting field as a talent search professional for Adecco Employment Services in Washington State. She then moved to the dental industry as chief recruiter for Burkhart Dental, a rapidly expanding and preeminent dental distribution company located in the Pacific North West.
Ms. Mead brings a unique philosophy, work ethic, and human-engagement approach to MRCA and to the recruiting process. She focuses tirelessly on the alignment, and the harmony of a candidate’s skill set and personality with the client’s culture, goals, and job requirements.
Ms. Mead is totally immersed in the dental industry and is connected to a wide range of dental talent from executives to shining stars progressing through their organizations.
Ms. Mead holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of California Irvine, and a certificate in project management from the University of Washington. She lives in Gig Harbor, WA, with her husband of 23 years.
Stephanie Henkle Recruitment Advisor Bio
Stephanie Henkle advises MRCA’s executive recruiting and talent management consulting business. Ms. Henkle has spent the greater part of her career working within the organizational development and human capital management profession in the healthcare and financial services industries. Ms. Henkle has held the position of Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Strategy and Development at Brown Brothers Harriman, the oldest leading private bank in America. During her tenure at Brown Brothers Harriman, she led the firm’s employee engagement, retention, employer branding, succession planning, and career development initiatives. Ms. Henkle has held positions with Johnson & Johnson and Wyeth Consumer Products, in the functional areas of recruiting, compensation, performance management, and employee relations.
Ms. Henkle holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, in New York City, and a Master of Arts degree in Psychotherapy from Drexel University, in Philadelphia.